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Citalopram and ttc???????????????

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Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 19:20:19

I started on citalopram about a month and a half ago for mild depression. I was feeling a bit down and anxious and weepy at certain times of the month. Only problem is we've been waiting to ttc. When I told the doc this she said it would probably be best to wait till i'm off the citalopram which would be in 6 months time.

I'm feeling really good and like I can see things more clearly and almost feel like I could cope without the tablets but i'm not sure if thats just cause i'm on them iyswim.

We really want to get on and ttc and i've been wondering if I should talk to the doc and slowly come of the citalopram and see how I am. I've read in to the risks of taking them and ttc on the internet and although I haven't read anything that worries me I would feel more comfortable ttcing if I wasn't on the tablets.

It was the doc who suggested I go on the tablets and she didn't offer counselling at the same time (which I understand NICE guidelines state you should) I have since asked her to refer me for counselling and am on the waiting list which should take about 4 months.

So I was thinking of coming off them over the next month and a half then ttcing in dec. Does anyone have any advice on this? Would be grateful for any input, thanks smile

Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 19:24:17

Oh by the way, the doc also stated it is recommended to be on the tablets for at least 4 - 6 months to 'work preoperly' and make sure there's less chance of a relapse.

TinkerBellesMum Fri 17-Oct-08 19:27:31

It will take that long for them to start working (I couldn't have stayed that long they made me ill) they're a safe mother and baby drug so don't worry about coming off the to TTC. I know this because my M&B doctor gave me them. Was it your GP that prescribed them or are you under M&B?

Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 19:37:33

It was my gp. I just read on the net that some other ad's are more suitable for when pg or ttc.

Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 19:40:13

By the way, it's 20mg i'm on, started on 10mg for a month and then went up to 20.

TinkerBellesMum Fri 17-Oct-08 19:46:35

I was on 20 too. I resisted for a long time, I stopped taking anything when I got pregnant and refused to let them put me back on anything, I carried on refusing to take anything then eventually the M&B doctor said "look, this is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers and it would be far better for you to be on it than having to struggle without" (I seem to be intolerant to AD's though lol).

Ask for a M&B referal they'll have a far better understanding than your GP and if they think it's necessary they will change your script, but I don't think they will. It's one of the generic ones given to mothers.

Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 19:59:20

Oh I see, well maybe i'll have a chat witht the doc about it then, thanks for your help.

TinkerBellesMum Fri 17-Oct-08 20:16:28

No problem I find it's always best to go to the expert than just rely on the GP, there's lots they can do but sometimes they prefer to just cover themselves.

Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 23:33:49

Yeah, what is M&B by the way?

LynetteScavo Fri 17-Oct-08 23:41:55

TinkerBellesMum - is it really OK to breastfeed? I was told to stop breastfeeding when I started C'pram. hmm

Dalrymps Fri 17-Oct-08 23:54:06

Er, I don't know how on earth it happened but I just realised i've posted this in 'telly addicts' blush

Olihan Sat 18-Oct-08 00:06:06

I bf on C'pram. It's generally considered one of the okay ones. I think the trouble is, the drug bible that the gps refer to errs majorly on the side of caution wrt bfing and pg. So lots of wrong info is given by GPs.

I tend to look on Kellymom or Hale if I want decent, research based advice on what I can and can't take.

Did you find Hale's site, Dalrymps? I'm not 100% sure if it deals with pg/ttc because I haven't needed it for that but it might be worth a read.

Dalrymps Sat 18-Oct-08 00:09:57

I haven't heard of the Hale site, whats that?

Olihan Sat 18-Oct-08 00:24:06

Hale. It is very much bf orientated but you may find stuff about ttc and pg in there.

TinkerBellesMum Sat 18-Oct-08 00:24:37

M&B = mother and baby. It's the psychiatrist that specialises in treating mothers.

LynetteScavo I was adamant that I wouldn't take anything, so I had to be sure before I would take anything, I've checked it out on LactMed too since, it's the one that TikTok tells people to use.

Olihan Sat 18-Oct-08 00:30:06

EScilatopram is also safe for bf and I'm 99% sure it's also safe for pg. Might be worth asking about that instead. AFAIK, it's the same ad 'family'.

LynetteScavo Sat 18-Oct-08 08:58:12

I'm sad and a bit angry to find out now that I could have safely continued to BF. At the time I trusted my GP, and wasn't really in any state to start research.

Good news for every one else who might need it while BF though. smile

TinkerBellesMum Thu 23-Oct-08 00:25:19

Unfortunately GP's tend to go for the over cautious side especially when they're not sure about something. It's frustrating because there are very little drugs that a GP could give to a breastfeeding mother that would mean she had to stop (antibotics are the common one they worry about, which is ridiculous when it's masitis they're treating) as most are the strong drugs you would have to be under a consultant to prescribe and being on them was far more important than not and breastfeeding (eg antipyschotics or breastfeeding?)

missblythe Thu 23-Oct-08 08:34:10

I'm on 20mg, and 3 months pg. (Was on 40mg pre TTC)

When we decided to TTC, I saw GP, who said that I could try and reduce dose down, if I wanted to, but didn't have to. I did try, but didn't cope v. well, and so she has put the dose back up.

Saw the consultant at the hosp this week, and she was fine with them too, and even said that I could increase teh dose if I needed to.

I breastfed on them for a year too.

If you think they are going to make the differebce for you, don't worry about trying to come off them

Dalrymps Thu 23-Oct-08 09:37:42

Thanks for the advice, my doc just didn't seem very supportive when I mentioned ttc but I don't know if she was worried about the drugs or just that I was emotionally strong enough iyswim. Gonna stay on them for now and see how I go smile

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